I’ve been running Qubes on my desktop as my daily driver for about 6 months now and am feeling comfortable. I intend to switch to a laptop in the following months. In general my usage of Qubes is below, % referring to the time spent:
i) General browsing (news, forums, email, etc) - 50%
ii) Youtube - 30%
iii) Zoom - 10%
iii) Win10 HVM - 10%
My desktop runs i5-8400 (6C6T), 8+16GB RAM. I watch Youtube a lot and usually have them up almost full screen. I have 3-4 VMs concurrently most of the time. So far system is very stable with no loud fan noise.
Now I plan to invest in a reliable laptop for the long term. I’ve been thinking about the Thinkpad P-series due to it being Workstations. Budget is generally no issue. I have outlined 3 possible options: 1) P15v, 2) P15, 3) 2nd hand. But I have some doubts and I wish to ask some advice from the community about selecting a workstation laptop as my daily driver :),
P15v. Does anyone have experience with i7-10750H whether it runs Youtube/Zoom smoothly without high CPU load/loud fan? Comparing to my i5-8400, the highest temperature I’ve seen was barely over 50C. Fan speed ~1005rpm. I come from a desktop processor environment so I wonder how does laptop processor nowadays fare due to thermal throttles. I especially like the Intel H-series due to its 45W TDP (also open to suggestions!). I’ve noted that HCL listed a P15v with Intel UHD that works fine out of the box, thus making this my 1st choice. But I wonder how it holds up for graphical intensive like Youtube/Zoom?
P15. This leads me to a compromise I am willing to make in hopes of better thermals. P15 is a thick and heavy beast I know. Thus I’m considering also other slimmer P-series models but I’m not sure whether they might last due to thinner chassis. Does anyone have experience with ~<20mm chassis thickness? My unverified opinion is that thin laptop designs is not ideal due to poorer heat dissipation since Qubes is CPU-intensive. However if thermal tech has advanced such that its a non-issue then I’m most happy to settle with a thinner laptop. Mostly my concern is when I run almost stuff like Youtube/Zoom, do modern laptops hold up well? I’m interested in P15 purely because of its thicker chassis. However I’ve noted that prior models (P5X) seem to have issues here and there according to HCL, and I’m not technical enough.
2nd hand Thinkpads. What is your view regarding security risks of buying a 2nd hand device? e.g. possibility of a compromised BIOS/HDD/spyware. Of course the first thing I’d do would be to reformat it and replace with a new SSD. However what’s the risk of a malware “hiding” inside the BIOS/Mobo infecting my clean SSD? Is this threat non-existent or extremely remote? What could be done to protect oneself against this, as this option to me is clearly the most convenient due to more options (eg. Ebay) and cheaper.
Finally I start to see Ryzen 7 pro 5000-series and Intel 11th gen on the market. What’s the view regarding Qubes support for such processors? Are they too new at this moment, what’s the rule of thumb timeline for a next-gen processor to achieve reasonable support?
Thank you everyone in advance!